Despite the prominence of Arsenal’s academy players during pre-season this summer, one man who will not have the chance to continue to impress at the Emirates is Dominic Thompson.
The 21-year-old was handed an opportunity by Unai Emery to battle for a spot against the likes of Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac in the left-back spot, but his run in the first-team is now over.
As confirmed on the Gunners’ official website, Thompson has completed a permanent transfer to Championship side Brentford, with The Telegraph journalist Sam Dean revealing the move could rake in £3m, rising to £4m, for the north London side.
After hearing about Thompson’s exit, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the academy graduate’s career update.
Many supporters praised the 21-year-old for “taking one for the team” due to the prospective arrival of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, and hailed him as a “true Gunner” for sacrificing himself.
Indeed, following Dean’s report about the reported fee involved, Arsenal fans hailed Raul Sanllehi for managing to get a decent sum of money for a “young rookie”.
Check out some of the reaction of Gunners fans below:
Taking one for the team Dom. We will remember this
— Danny (@Slayster10) 8 August 2019
Thompson sacrificing his Arsenal career so we sign Tierney. True Gunner
— AFC Daz (@afcdaz1) 8 August 2019
Raul is killing it. Selling a young rookie at £3 million
— Adz (@TheATeamDreams) 8 August 2019
— Nathan Barnes (@GreenNWhiteGoon) 8 August 2019
RAUL HAVE DONEE IT AGAIN. MY DON
— Certified JJ (@jama_wilshere) 8 August 2019
3 million?! Don Raul has done it again
— ben (@benyvmin) 8 August 2019
Gosh Arsenal doing smart business.
— Vecyno Standhope (@Neolyts_Ripper) 8 August 2019